We have grown accustomed to seeing at least five to six Big Ten teams playing every night for the past week with tournaments going on all around the country.
Monday night would be considered a slow night based on the current trend. Just two Big Ten teams have games. However, it’s much bigger than that. Monday marks the start of the Big Ten - ACC Challenge. These games tend to be the last big test for teams before heading into conference play.
Let’s take a look.
Game of the Night
- Time/TV: 7:00 PM ET - ESPN 2
- Spread: Syracuse (-2.0)
The Terrapins head to the Carrier Dome to play the undefeated Syracuse Orange. Both teams lost their match-up last year in the Big Ten - ACC Challenge.
Maryland bounced back with a 80-65 win in their last game over New Mexico. They are led by their sophomore guard, Anthony Cowan. He’s the team’s leading scorer with just over 15 points a game. He scored 21 points in their win over New Mexico.
The Orange come into this one after narrowly escaping with a 72-64 win against the Toledo Rockets in their last game. Syracuse could be playing without their leading scorer, Tyus Battle. The sophomore guard is averaging over 20 points a game early on this season.
A Battle-less Syracuse team could spell an upset in favor of Maryland. This would be a big win early on in this season for a Terrapins squad still searching for an identity.
- Pick Against the Spread: Maryland
- Time/TV: 9:00 PM ET - ESPN 2
- Spread: Virginia (-8.5)
The Badgers have struggled out of the gate this season. They’ve now lost three out of their last four games.
Wisconsin won their last game over Milwaukee by a score of 71-49. Ethan Happ has been one of the few consistencies on this team early this season. The junior forward leads the team in scoring (18.2) and rebounding (9.3). The Badgers will need a big game out of him.
Virginia is off to a quick 6-0 start on the early season. They look to be an upper-tier team in the ACC once again.
Sophomore guard Kyle Guy leads the Cavaliers in scoring with just over 15 points a game. Virginia’s depth will create problem’s for opposing teams.
The Badgers need someone other than Happ to step up if they want to get their fourth win of the season.
- Pick Against the Spread: Wisconsin